In chapter 4of the color of water : James McBride's childhood impressions of the Black Power movement are contradictory. what positive attributes does he perceive?
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Chapter 4 deals with the whole issue of Blacks fighting for pride and, more specifically, retribution against white oppression. In 1966, when James was nine, "black power" struck fear into his heart: "I thought black power would be the end of my mother. I swallowed the white man's fear of the Negro, as we were called back then...When James punched the son of a Black Panther because he feared for his mother's safety, the action expressed a clear alliance with his mother, and not with the Black Power movement.